Missing Korean diver found dead; utility post falls, kills boy in Tinago: Cebu News Digest July 7, 2015

Missing Korean diver Heo Seung Yung was found dead on the shores of a coastal village in San Francisco, Camotes Islands at 5 a.m. on Wednesday. Heo, who was 43, reportedly took off his diving gear to swim to shore and ask for help after being at sea with Baek Seung Kyoon and Kim Eun for more than 24 hours.

“Niingon to ang babaye nga kadtong hayag pa naglutaw-lutaw sila, daan na niingon si Yung nga di na niya kaya (Eun said when the three of them were still floating in the sea the previous day, Yun already told them that he didn’t think he would make it).” — San Francisco Information Officer Gagal Maningo told Sun.Star Cebu.

The three divers went missing Sunday afternoon while diving off Punta Engaño in Lapu-Lapu City in bad weather and rough seas.

“No one should be allowed to dive in that weather. The mere fact that they rented out diving equipment dili na mao (was wrong).” — Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, according to Sun.Star Cebu.


Utility post falls, kills boy in Tinago

A utility post on McArthur Blvd. in Barangay Tinago, Cebu City toppled over Tuesday night, pinning 13-year-old Ralph Bureros, who died when the chair he was sitting on gave way and its leg pierced his body.

Bureros was eating barbecue with his friends, Desiree Ambros and Dorine Estologa, when a truck passed by and reportedly dragged dangling wires, toppling the post. Ambros and Estologa were injured.

Shortly before the incident, a motorcycle driver was reported to have been choked by a dangling wire on the same road. Tinago Barangay Chief Joel Garganera called up the Visayan Electric Company to have their linesmen fix the dangling wires. But the linesmen told them the wires were that of PLDT and refused to fix them. Minutes after they left, the accident happened.

“My tanods asked them to fix the wires anyway to prevent another accident. They refused because the wires were not Veco’s.” — Tinago Barangay Chief Joel Garganera, according to Sun.Star Cebu.

This just happened caught in our cctv, the kid was injured,still in the hospital and we don't know his condition.Edit: the kid was announced DOA by the doctor.

Posted by Lorrine Baylon-Villafuerte on Tuesday, July 7, 2015


DPWH, road work contractors asked to help ease traffic

Contractor Pericles Dakay, who sits as vice chair of the Mactan-Cebu Bridge Management Board (MCBMB), asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to help ease traffic congestion in road concreting and repairs in Mandaue City.

Dakay, chief executive officer of Dakay Construction, asked DPWH and road contractors to:

  • not use adjacent roads as staging areas for heavy equipment, which he said was the case on A.S Fortuna
  • not do pre-casting of road materials on the road where they will be installed
  • do concrete casting in factories or vacant lots and not on the road
  • use high-strength and rapid curing cement to allow them to open roads to traffic after just 4 days

During the meeting, officials also learned that only 21 of the 40 security cameras at the 2 Mandaue-Mactan bridges are working.


Archdiocese speaks out against ‘sexually suggestive’ Vice Ganda billboards

Archdiocese of Cebu spokesperson Msgr. Joseph Tan yesterday asked advertisers to be circumspect about the materials they are putting up, saying these are public and can be seen by anyone, even the children.

Tan issued the statement after the recent order by the Cebu City Hall to remove billboards promoting an upcoming concert by Vice Ganda that was deemed by officials as “sexually suggestive.”

“I hope they know how to respect (people). There are minors who see what they post, and children’s understanding isn’t that mature yet. The public has to be respected.” — Archdiocese of Cebu spokesperson Msgr. Joseph Tan, as quoted by Cebu Daily News


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» Policeman seen in company of suspected pusher in Toledo City faces investigation

» DOLE 7 stops construction work in Cebu Business Park project over alleged labor standards, safety violations

» BPO company asks Ayala Center Cebu to pay damages for cinema collapse

» Capsized boat MB Kim Nirvana-B allegedly had 42 ‘excess passengers’

» 60,000 senior citizens in Cebu City get P2,000 financial assistance from City Hall

» With SRP lot Sale, Councilor Cabrera says City Hall can now focus on solving water problem

» Carcar City starts work on new city hall building

Cebu Business Headlines

» P400-million condo to rise in Mandaue City

» Tourist arrivals in Central Visayas go up 10 percent from January to April; Koreans still top visitors

» Go-led Prince retail group signs digital payments agreement


Man shot in IT Park; classes in Cebu suspended on certain APEC meeting dates; Korean divers still missing: Cebu News Digest for July 7, 2015

A shooting was reported early today in the IT Park in Lahug. Posts on Facebook by various users reported that the victim was shot in front of the i1 building. No other details were available as of the writing of this article but below are some posts on the incident. Some Facebook posters at the area said the victim was shot dead.

@IT Park…when we arrived a while ago i asked Jonas if IT park is as safe as Ortigas,he said yes..but when i saw this man just now,shot 󾓵󾓵󾓵_safe??i dont think so󾍁󾍁󾍁󾍁

Posted by Mylene Barral Alvaro on Monday, July 6, 2015

Here are the top Cebu news stories for July 7, 2015

3 Korean divers still missing

Rescuers failed to find Korean divers Baek Seung Kyoon, Heo Seung Yung, and Kim Eun yesterday, a day after they were reported missing while diving in Mactan Island in bad weather.

The Lapu-Lapu City Government has suspended the dive shop operations of New Grand Bleu Dive Resort, where the 3 stayed as guests.

“The City may have to require the dive shop to explain why the divers were allowed to go out to sea despite the bad weather.” — Andy Berame, Deputy Officer of the Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Management Office


Woman arrested for kidnapping 3-year-old boy

Genevieve Hope Galag, 25, was arrested yesterday for kidnapping a boy, 3, from Barangay Maguikay in Mandaue City. The boy, who was reported missing Thursday, was found Sunday playing with other children in Barangay Kamagayan, Cebu City.

Galag, a resident of Kamagayan, was identified by a witness as the one who took the boy, according to PO2 Girlee Echaluce of the Women and Children’s Protection Desk of Mandaue City Police Station 4. Two other suspects arrested earlier admitted to police they gave the boy to Galag.


Cebu steps up preparations for APEC meetings, classes to be suspended on certain dates

Top Cebu officials met yesterday to discuss the province’s hosting of key meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in August.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said they are considering suspending classes to help ease traffic during key meetings. While the dates aren’t set yet, he said “what is certain is that there will be days when classes will be suspended.”

Davide met with Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza yesterday to discuss preparations for the meetings. Davide said they will ask the Department of Public Works and Highways to speed up road work, especially on key areas in Mandaue City, to help ease traffic in the metro.

“We are hosting a major international event so we should put our best foot forward.” — Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III


Other Cebu News Headlines

» Ombudsman clears Vice Governor Magpale in grave coercion, graft case over closure of Sugbu TV

» Cebu City deems Vice Ganda concert billboards indecent, takes them down

» Confessed MILF member admits killing 14-year-old, owns up plan to kill Cebu City Hall official

» Left alone in house, 8-year-old girl dies in fire

» Central Visayas still free of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, says health department

Cebu Business Headlines

» Japanese tourists to overtake Koreans as top visitors in Central Visayas in 2 years: DOT 7

» DTI to create program to help communities produce products for travel retail industry

» University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed) opens Cardiovascular Center

» New condominium set to rise in Mactan Island